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Woman sentenced to seven years for distribution of crack cocaine

July 12, 2011

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday sentenced a woman with a previous narcotics-distribution conviction to seven years in prison after she pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine.

"You could be a poster child here today for the devastation that drug abuse" causes individuals and families, Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. told Trina Elizabeth Earl, 50, of Hagerstown. He sentenced her to 15 years, but suspended eight years of the sentence.

"I lost my home and all my possessions. Most importantly, I lost my child," Earl said of her youngest child, a daughter who used to live with her.

On March 8, an informant for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force made a controlled purchase of cocaine from Earl at her apartment on the 200 block of East Washington Street, according to the statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler.

While the informant and Earl waited inside, task force agents were behind the apartment house, where they believed Earl's drug supplier would show up, Pauler said. Instead, the supplier entered the building through the front entrance, she said.

Earl was convicted of drug distribution in 2002 and twice violated probation on that conviction, Pauler said.

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